Carolyn Posted March 10, 2018 Report Share Posted March 10, 2018 Hello all, I have enjoyed reading many posts in this forum, and they have inspired and motivated me. First, let me introduce myself. I have had hearing loss beginning in my early 30’s which has become increasingly worse, to the point where speech discrimination is extremely difficult and hearing aids are no longer very helpful. I am planning a CI (unilateral) in July of this year. My question is regarding returning to work. I am referring to the ability to “hear” well enough at work, not recovery from the surgery itself. I am a part-time instructor at a college, which means that there are no substitute teachers to fill in for a week or two. I would have to take the entire semester off. Given the reality that acclimating to the new CI takes months (?), and that I may lose the residual hearing in the implanted ear, I’m wondering how likely it is that I will be able to function effectively in a classroom one or two months post-op. Of course, I would retain residual hearing in the other ear, but—obviously—I am not functioning well even with residual hearing in both ears. (Thus, the CI decision). So, I guess what I am asking is, will it get worse before it gets better? Your feedback is appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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